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  • River Basin Development Authorities (“the RBDAs” or the “the Authorities”) were created to harness and develop the nation’s water resource potentials and serve as veritable vehicles for comprehensive and integrated rural development in Nigeria.


Shareholding Structure :100% to government before partial commecrialisation after which it will be structured to accommodate both parties (Government-RBDAs & Investors)

Current Status of The Enterprise : The RBDAs are slated for partial commercialisation of four (4) pilot projects of the named RBDAs.

Track Record

•      surface and ground water resources estimated at about 250 billion cubic meters yet to be exploited

•      The Project was conceived to support the realisation of Federal Government’s aspirations for water resources, agriculture and hydro power sectors which hitherto have been embedded with huge opportunities.


o   Various crops can be grown successfully, including rice, vegetables, maize, etc

o   Massive irrigation potential of over 3.14 million hectares (about 100,000 hectares currently developed)

o   Small to large scale hydro-electric power generating capacity largely untapped

o   Abundant surface and ground water resources estimated at about 250 billion cubic meters yet to be exploited

o   Fishery, Piggery & Poultry Development opportunities

o   Food Production, Processing and Storage prospects

o   Tourism & Water Sports/Recreations potentials

o   To construct, operate and maintain dams, dykes, polders, wells, boreholes, irrigation

o   To develop and keep up-to-date a comprehensive water resources master plan identifying all water resources requirements

S/N River Basin Development Authority Related States Area (KM2)
1 Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Kogi, Anambra, Rivers 53,900
2 Niger Delta River Basin Development Authority
3 Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Edo, Ekiti 99,300
4 Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority
5 Chad Basin Development Authority Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Plateau, Adamawa 178,500
6 Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Authority
7 Cross River Basin Development Authority Cross River, Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Abia 57,400
8 Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority Plateau, Nassarawa, Benue, Kogi 74,500
9 Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority Niger, Kwara, Kaduna, Kogi, Federal Capital Territory 154,600
10 Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority
11 Sokoto Rima River Basin Development Authority Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi 135,100
12 Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority Adamawa,Taraba,Gombe,Bauchi 156,500